Poppies will be distributed by members of the Unit 8 American Auxiliary during the week of May 20-27, 2013 in Pierre.
The poppy became the symbol of remembrance after the World War I battle in Flanders Field in Belgium. The field littered with the bodies of young soldiers, was also filled with poppies.
After John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Field” was published in 1915, the poppy became the symbol for soldiers who died in battle.
In 1918, Moira Michael wrote a poem in reply. “We Shall Keep the Faith,” in which she promised to wear a poppy “in honor of our dead.” This began the tradition of wearing the poppy in remembrance.
The American Legion Auxiliary has been distributing poppies since 1922.
The poppies are assembled by disabled, needy and aging veterans in VA Hospitals and State Veterans Homes. All the money contributed by the public for poppies is used in South Dakota for veteran’s welfare or the well-being of their needy dependents.
Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill has proclaimed May 20-27 as Poppy Day in Pierre.
Wear your poppy proudly to show your support for all veterans.
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